Unfortunately, when I follow update method 2 -- which includes changing my system's kde4 to kde (manually), it wipes all the programs from my application launcher and when I reload both the root and user login functions are unavailable, too.
Looking around I've noticed a difference between the sections referenced in my repositories, and the ones shown as a model.
main updates nonfree kde4 games
The model ones are:
main updates nonfree kde games xfce4
Unfortunately, my level of understanding is at a basic level.